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Chamberlain Farms Linked to Cantaloupe Outbreak

On August 22, 2012, the FDA announced a recall for cantaloupes grown by Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. of Owensville, IN, because the melons were linked to a multi-state Salmonella food poisoning outbreak. Two different strains of Salmonella caused the illnesses.

Salmonella Outbreak Information

A total of 261 outbreak cases were confirmed, including 228 victims infected with Salmonella Typhimurium and 33 victims infected with Salmonella Newport. The breakdown of cases reported by state was as follows: Alabama (25), Arkansas (6), Florida (1), Georgia (13), Illinois (36), Indiana (30), Iowa (9), Kentucky (66), Maryland (1), Michigan (8), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (7), Missouri (17), Montana (1), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Wisconsin (9).

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illness onset dates ranged from July 6, 2012 to September 16, 2012. A total of 94 people were hospitalized as a result of the outbreak. Kentucky reported the most illnesses (66 persons sickened) and tragically, 3 deaths were also reported in that state.

As part of the outbreak investigation it was learned that cantaloupes, harvested from Chamberlains Farms’ growing fields, tested positive for both Salmonella outbreak strains. Environmental samples taken from the farm’s packing shed and at various other farm locations also tested positive for Salmonella. Poor sanitary conditions were also noted in Form FDA 483 during the FDA’s inspection of Chamberlain Farms.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer severe illness.

Salmonella food poisoning symptoms may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food.

In severe cases, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other body sites. This can result in death, unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

A Stool Culture May Confirm Salmonella Food Poisoning

If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Salmonella infection. A stool culture can also help link your illness to a specific outbreak and support a food poisoning lawsuit should you wish to seek compensation for your injuries.

Contact The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg for a Free Salmonella Lawsuit Evaluation

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